While it lasted, he gave the best advice?
Jesus is big on the spiritual qualities of children. And children like him too. They approach Jesus in the scene of Matthew 19:14—after he tells his overgrown disciples to stop getting in the way.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
The idea went completely over the heads of his disciples. It’s rarely heard in Christian circles either. They keep trying to be “adults” all the time—even when that’s clearly not working.
Jesus was hitting that ‘mindfulness’…
When I looked up Bible scholarship about what they told me as a kid in church, I realized how often it was just made up.
As often as Christians have spoken against people touching their own bodies, the Bible has no references to that subject. How did a religion get away with outright deception, and for so long?
They often said dancing was bad. I look up the references to dancing in the Bible. God dances (Zeph 3:17). From Myriam to David to Jesus, dancing is divine.
But Christians moved along to their next sex obsession—as the dancing ban became…
But how the name and texts relate is mysterious. Many scholars think of the “Luke” writings as anonymous. In a new paper, noted Bible scholar Joan Taylor suggests the real author has been known all along.
The texts don’t identify an author, and seem to have circulated for years without a name attached to them. But there were two big clues. In the prologue to the gospel, the author is said to not have witnessed the life of Jesus. This person came along later.
The second clue seemed to really narrow it down. In a few passages between Acts 16–28…
A liberal viewer, if watching “Message From the Gay Community,” likely saw something else: a satire song about tolerance? Well-intentioned, amusing, enlightening.
I’m catching up on the online firestorm over the music video put out in early July by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. They see themselves as the “gay community”—so what is their message?
It seems to be aimed at a right-wing listener, telling them their children will be corrupted by the ‘gay community’.
“You think we’re sinful
You fight against our rights
You say we all lead live you can’t respect
But you’re just frightened
You think that we’ll corrupt your kids
But what is known about L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables? Her fans had a vague sense of a woman called ‘Maud’, who’d been a single schoolteacher, and went on to marry a minister, had two sons, and wrote many more books.
She’d died in 1942. She seemed happy. Hadn’t she written happy novels?
She’d kept a journal for fifty-three years, and publication began in 1985. It proved to be a shocking exposé of an often depressed woman with a horrible marriage, whose greatest happiness seemed to be in her deep, soulful relationships with female friends.
Mark Driscoll, from Mars Hill Church, fascinated the faith. He was brash, obscene, loud, angry, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, saying things that Evangelicals wouldn’t dream of saying—publicly.
Almost as soon as he’d started, he was gone.
The church, likewise, was led by “chickified” and “homo-evangelical” men, Driscoll fumed. Why weren’t men—real men—in charge? That’s what God wanted.
Driscoll hated the Jesus of Christian tradition, that “effeminate-looking dude,” that “neutered and limp-wristed Sky Fairy…”
He’d go on, and on, about the “effeminate” Jesus everyone else seemed to like, that “limp-wrist hippie in a dress with a lot of product in His hair…
In 1971, the typically Evangelical mentality went mainstream with The Late Great Planet Earth. It was by a guy named Hal Lindsey, who wrote a bunch of sequels, giving shifting dates for the apocalypse he predicted.
Long before the Left Behind series which dramatized the same ideas to greater fame, Lindsey sold 35 million books. Was it not a legendary hustle, I wondered?—meaning doomsday “prophesy” in general.
He’s one of the more successful writers in history, and one of the most recognized names in America’s largest religion. But Evangelicals don’t like to talk about their leaders, or not publicly.
I pick up the published journal of a legendary performer in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and what do I find? “I ask for spiritual enlightenment,” she writes. Or jotting:
“ask holy spirit to breath into you
Do what you can because there are many things that need doing.
Mission from God”
Those stressing her importance to LGBT history are as apt to overlook the references. Let’s examine the spiritual history of Candy Darling.
‘Jimmy’ grew up in Massapequa Park, New York. There is as yet no biography (one is expected), but we have available a…
He was called ‘Jack’, as his brother Warren was ‘Warnie’. They were both packed off to boarding school—which was hell on earth. In his memoir, Surprised by Joy, Lewis says the boarding schools encouraged a class of older boys called ‘prefects’ to be monsters of ego, and they made sexual use of younger boys.
Startlingly, he says the sex was a bright spot in a world that was mostly just cruel. “In his unnatural love-affairs,” he writes, the prefect “forgot for a few hours that he was One of the Most Important People There Are.”
Lewis doesn’t explicitly say he…
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